Fantasy Football: First Round Locks You Want

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Oct 5, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) scores against Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski TE – New England Patriots

I was reluctant to put Gronk on the list because between 2012-2013 he missed 14 games. However, the cupboard is bare at tight end around the league and with Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas both leaving productive passing offenses, Gronk is clearly the number one tight end. He is also the only legitimate red zone threat on the Patriots offense and is just plain unstoppable at times.

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Adrian Peterson RB – Minnesota Vikings

AP is back and now has a legitimate quarterback and a couple solid receivers to help take the attention off of him and open things to run wild. Peterson has ran for 10 or more touchdowns in every season he has played with the exception of last year. With Norv Truner calling plays I fully expect Peterson to run for 1300 yards and 12 touchdowns and catch another 20-30 balls.

Jamaal Charles RB – Kansas City Chiefs

Charles is starting to reach the point in his career where he could either have an elite season or an injury riddled decline to a career. I think Charles has another elite season in him and if Andy Reid uses him correctly he could finish as the top fantasy running back. With the addition of receiver Jeremy Maclin and emergence of stud tight end Travis Kelce, Charles should have plenty of room to run and catch his way to a great season. Keep in mind that even in a down year Charles scored 14 touchdowns and accounted for over 1300 yards of offense.

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